Orphanage Volunteer and Home Stay

Orphanage Volunteer Trip

Touching. Unforgettable. Life-changing.

Those are just a few of the ways our adoptive parents have described their opportunity to work alongside caregivers at a Chinese orphanage just like the one from which they received their own children.

During four days working in an orphanage in Xian, you will help provide care for infants and toddlers by feeding, cleaning, playing and cooking for them.

Working directly with China’s Social Welfare Institute, you will no longer be merely an outside observer. You will touch lives and make a meaningful difference for desperate children in a travel experience that is authentic, remarkable and rewarding.

Ming’s expansive network of adoption and welfare professionals in China means Ming’s China is one of few organizations able to offer this amazing experience.

Who Should Make This Journey?

This program is ideal for families with adopted Chinese children ages 13 and up.

Adopting your child was a long and complicated process, filled with many nameless and faceless players. But the people you will meet on this trip will no longer merely be anonymous orphanage representatives who handed over your baby and finished the paperwork all those years ago. They will become your friends.

You will come to respect the foster moms, nannies and orphanage staff members, and you’ll be proud of their dedication, commitment and love for these children. And you’ll be able to tell them. And thank them.

This trip is also perfect for college and high school students who want to broaden their view of the world, add real-life context to their social studies lessons and include an extraordinary accomplishment on their résumés.

So join us for a trip that will not only make a difference in your life, but in the lives of many, many children!

Please Note:

  • We have gained approval from Chinese government to work in the orphanage we requested. Travel dates cannot be changed.
  • If you have a group of five families and wish to work in a specific orphanage, please e-mail Ming directly at MingsChina@yahoo.com.
Only available through Ming’s China:
  • Work alongside with orphanage caregivers.
  • Enjoy a specially arranged home-stay trip to Huxian County, known as “Land of Chinese Modern Folk Arts.”
  • Art lesson with one of China’s best folk artists, Ming’s longtime friend.
  • Specifically selected authentic and traditional meals representing each region’s typical menu.
  • Early morning walking through local parks and taichi practice.
  • Take a Chinese yo-yo or jump rope break right in the Forbidden City
Other highlights:
  • Our experienced, English-speaking adoption guides have traveled with hundreds of adoptive families.
  • Explore the old neighborhood of Beijing, chat with locals and experience real Chinese families.
  • Climb the Great Wall at the best section for both children and adults.
  • We have a unique way of bringing families and children together to share this wonderful experience. Our friendship remains long after you return home and continues as we get together for reunions year after year!
Customer Testimonials: “Thank you so much for giving us this gift of your country! Our trip to China was truly amazing and we will never forget-the places we saw, the food we ate, the history we learned, but most important, the wonderful people we met. Xie Xie from the bottom of our heart!

E. Siderides, CT Read more

  • Air and Land transportation within China;
  • Escorted by English-speaking professional tour leader;
  • 4 star hotel or local accommodations, hotel and dining taxes;
  • Meals according to itinerary;
  • Admissions and cultural events;
  • Visit to a local family;
  • Tang Dynasty Theater show;
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per person;
  • Airport and hotel transfers.

Day 1 — Depart for Beijing Cross the International Date Line to the wonders of China. In-flight meals.

Day 2 — Arrive in Beijing Meet Ming and CCE’s representative at the Beijing International Airport. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 3 — Beijing After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square, which at 98 acres is the largest public square in the world and site of many history-making events. Tour the impressive Forbidden City and kids will learn to play Chinese yo-yo right in the Forbidden City. Lunch will be northeastern family style cuisine. Afternoon, skip the tourist crowd and visit Beihai Park. Often overlooked by tourists, Beihai Park is the oldest imperial garden in the world, as well as one of the largest in China. Stroll along the river bank and watch local people playing chess, practicing tai chi or singing Peking opera. Our group will stop and learn basic tai chi forms. Relax and immerse yourself in local culture! Evening optional acrobatic show. Dinner on your own. (B.L.)

Day 4 — Beijing Morning drive to the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube Olympic venues for pictures. Stop at a jade factory for a brief educational tour. Enjoy lunch at a local farmer’s restaurant. Proceed to the Great Wall in the Mutianyu area. You will take a cable car up to the top of the Great Wall and take a wheeled toboggan ride down \on a winding metal track. Shop and bargain with village vendors for souvenirs. We choose the best section of the Wall and have carefully arranged the timing for this trip to avoid the crowds. That means you can enjoy some quiet moments to explore the area! You will absolutely love this experience! Evening is at leisure for your family to explore Beijing on your own. (B.L.)

Day 5 — Beijing After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a rickshaw tour of Beijing’s old back-alley “Hutong” neighborhood. Stop at a local community store to browse for snacks for the evening’s train ride to the next city. High Speed train to Xi’an (the “City of Everlasting Peace”), which is one of the world’s largest and grandest cities. Xi’an was the capital of China for 11 dynasties, with its zenith during the Tang Reign (618-917 A.D.). (B.L.D.)

Day 6 — Xi’an Xi’an Orphanage Volunteering work. Morning begins your first day of volunteering at the orphanage. Lunch will be provided at the orphanage. Afternoon activities include visiting the Shanxi Folk Art Museum to take lessons in Chinese calligraphy. (B.L.)

Day 7 — Xi’an Day two of volunteering at the orphanage will occupy your morning. Afternoon activities include a walk or bike ride on the Ancient City Wall of Xi’an. Built in the Ming Dynasty, this is the only well-preserved city wall remaining in China. This will be one of the highlights of your China trip. We have carefully arranged the timing of this trip to avoid the most crowded times so that our group will have a quiet moment to truly enjoy the area. You can even fly kites on the City Wall! You have the freedom to choose your own dinner this evening. Your hotel area has options like Subway, Hot Pot, or any of the colorful restaurants nearby. If you like, join Ming to have an authentic northeastern style dinner at her relative’s restaurant. Food will be excellent! (B.L.)

Day 8 — Xi’an Morning orphanage volunteering work, and lunch with the orphanage staff. In the afternoon, visit the extraordinary 2,300 year-old Terra Cotta Warriors of China’s first emperor, Qinshihuang. Later, visit the Shanxi Art and Clay Factory to see how the Terra Cotta Warriors were made. Your kids will have the opportunity to make their own warriors! Evening is free for you to explore the area. (B.L.)

Day 9 — Xi’an The morning will be your last day of orphanage volunteering work. You will find yourself loving these children and will bring home memories that will last a lifetime! In the afternoon, you will be driven to HuXi’an, one of the most famous counties for “Peasant Painting” in China. Many masterpieces have been printed into stamps, exhibited, and collected by national and international museums. For years Ming and her Chinese Cultural Exchange have been promoting the farmers’ painting in US and have brought over many peasant artists to the US for exhibitions. Our group will be well received and Ming will take you to visit her old friends, Master Artist Lu Zhi De, the best peasant folk artist in China, and Master Artist Fan Zhi Hua, curator of HuXi’an Peasant Art Museum. There will be a specially arranged art lesson for our group. Tonight homestay at a typical farmer’s house and learn the art of making dumplings. (B.L.D.)

Day 10 — Huxian Morning activities will be a leisurely stroll around the old neighborhood. Then take a visit to Huxian Farmer’s Children School. Since 2007, Ming has helped raise more than $5,000 toward educational supplies for this school. Your group will be warmly welcomed. You can attend either an English or a physical education class with young and enthusiastic students. (Please bring some English books to donate to their library). Say farewell to your new friends and drive back to Xi’an. After lunch, you will be transferred to Xi’an Airport for your international flight home or yournflight to the capital city of your child’s orphanage province (please complete the attached orphanage visit form.) (B.L.)

Add-on Orphanage Visit — We will arrange for you to visit the city orphanage or foster family where your child lived while in China. It could be the most important day of your entire trip. Your child will be able to see the place where she lived before. It will also be a wonderful chance for the caregivers who took care of them to be able to see your child again.

Tour Date(s):

  • June 24, 2016

Tour Cost:

  • $1,999 per person, double occupancy
  • Single supplement: $520

Add-on Orphanage Visit

You can add a side trip to your child’s orphanage(s) after the main tour. The additional cost per orphanage tour will be $900-$1250 per adult and $600-$950 per child under 12 for a 3- to 4-day orphanage tour. The additional tour cost includes the orphanage visitation fee required by the local provincial government.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Reservation and Payments: A $500 per person deposit is required to secure your reservation. Final payment will be due 90 days before departure. Tour cost is based on current exchange rate and subject to change due to foreign currency fluctuation.

What Is Included in the Tour Cost:

  • Air and land transportation within China
  • Expertise of experienced adoption guides who have helped hundreds of families complete adoption services
  • 4-star hotel accommodations, hotel and dining taxes
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy)
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • All sightseeing and visits as noted in each itinerary
  • Specially arranged visit to a local family
  • Baggage handling for one bag plus one carry-on bag per person
  • Airport and hotel transfers.

Cost of Tour Does Not Include:

  • International roundtrip airfare not listed in the “Included Features” section
  • Passport and visa application fee;
  • Trip cancellation and baggage insurance, personal items and expenses
  • Airport transfers for those not on groups flights;
  • Excess baggage;
  • Airport taxes;
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers and tour leader
  • Trip extension, orphanage visit, transportation to/from orphanage, orphanage approval fee to civil affairs
  • Meals not listed as included, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages or at any other time not mentioned as included
  • Airline taxes and departure fees, which are subject to change
  • Tour fares are subject to change.

Passport and Visa: A valid passport for at least six months after the date of return is required. We can apply for the Chinese visa on behalf of tour participants. Please click Visa to China for more information.

Medical Responsibilities: Medical or other unexpected expenses during the trip are the responsibility of the participant. We advise participants to obtain travel insurance. Information about insurance will be sent to you upon receipt of deposit. Use of a Chinese medical facility requires prepayment prior to the physician seeing/treating the patient, even in an emergency situation. Travel to China can be difficult for those with disabilities or requiring special medical attention/services. We ask that you consult your physician prior to the tour program and obtain necessary immunization and medications.

Cancellation Policy: Chinese Cultural Exchange (CCE) must strictly adhere to its cancellation policy to offset costs incurred prior to the commencement of the tour, which may include, but are not limited to: advance payments to land operators, communication expenses, development/promotional expenses, and the loss of time that might have permitted resale of reserved space. Cancellation for all or any part of the trip will not be effective until they are received in writing in the office of CCE. Cancellation received after confirmation of booking and up to 90 days before departure, is subject to a $300 per person cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellation within 90 days of departure. We strongly recommend for your protection that you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance. Cancellation insurance forms can be requested from us.

Basis of Rates: All prices are based on two persons sharing a room. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars. The rates are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.

Photography: Chinese Cultural Exchange and our partner organizations reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any tour or part thereof and to use the resulting photography for Chinese Cultural Exchange promotional purposes. By making a reservation with Chinese Cultural Exchange, participants agree to allow their images to be used in such photography.

Liabilities Clause: CCE and the sponsoring organization act only as an agent for the passenger with respect to travel services. We assume no responsibility or liability in whole or in part for any injury, damage, loss, delays, delayed or changed departure or arrival, missed carrier connection, weather, strikes, acts of God, circumstances beyond our control, war, quarantine, criminal activity, expense, accident, sickness, injury or death to person or property, or mechanical defect, failure or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodations, restaurant, transportation or other services or for any substitutions of hotels, or of common carrier equipment beyond our control, with or without notice, or for any additional expenses occasioned thereby. If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors you are required to spend an additional night, you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. No refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour due to these causes or voluntary cancellations, Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the participant at all times. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of these tours at any time. CCE reserves the right to change the itinerary of the tour without prior notice. CCE shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to passengers by reason of such cancellation, substitution or changes. If the tour is cancelled by CCE for any reason, CCE shall have no liability beyond the refund of all tour participants’ deposits received by it. CCE may increase the tour price in the event of cost increases. The airline tickets when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the air company concerned and the purchaser of these tours and/or passenger. The carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time tour participants are not aboard their conveyance. By registering for this tour, tour participant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour. Upon payment of a deposit, tour participant indicates acceptance of the above terms and conditions.

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